Evening Dress Code - Style the perfect evening dress

Nothing to wear? Luanne McLean takes a stride through the Goddiva collections to find evening dresses to suit every occasion .

Evening wear can be quite formal, with luxurious fabrics and sparkling accessories required to create a look appropriate to the occasion. Goddiva can help you navigate the evening wear dress code with their extensive selection in a variety of styles, fabrics and colours.

How to dress for an evening event?

Black tie events and formal dress codes require a special effort and some old school glamour. Think Audrey Hepburn in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and classic red carpet elegance. Get yourself groomed and polished - it’s a great excuse for a manicure and a hair appointment!

Sophisticated pieces like the emerald maxi with frill detail elongating the back is the perfect choice for an evening dance as the dress can be admired from every angle whilst on the dance floor.

Goddiva halter open back maxi dress with frill detail in emerald, £75

Metallic fabrics suit most skin tones and Goddiva’s metallic maxi dress would look right at a neatly set dining table.

A black lace dress has a timeless elegance and this Bardot inspired design has a feminine edge with its pretty lace detailing and off the shoulder straps.

Goddiva scallop Bardot with lace insert maxi dress in black, £58

If a maxi hemline isn’t for you then the cleverly cut scuba wrap midi dress is perfect for cutting a sleek silhouette in a knee skimming dress created in beautiful navy fabric creating an evening look which would work for a catalogue of social engagements.

What style evening dress suits my shape?

When it comes to evening dresses unfortunately it’s not a case of one style fits all, so it’s important to choose an outfit which flatters your strongest features and create a stylish silhouette with clever styling, perfect for any evening social engagement


If you're lucky enough to be blessed with long legs and a tall physique you need a dress which accentuates your best feature.

Pleats are so flattering and create elegant movement which is why it’s no surprise that this blush maxi dress is such a popular choice.

Goddiva deep v neck maxi dress in blush, £85

A split showing a little flesh works very well with long shapely legs as illustrated by classic black dress - bound to a be wardrobe staple for years to come.

Goddiva bardot front split maxi, £49 Use your height to your advantage and shine on with this sequins wrap style dress to illuminate the party Goddiva Wrap Over Asymmetric Sequin Dress in Champagne £85 Or why not opt for a classic navy dress with a delicate diamanté trim and give them sophisticated style.

Goddiva frilled Bardot maxi dress with diamanté trim in navy, £49


Goddiva know that good things come in small packages, so they cater for petite figures with an abundance of evening dresses in the collection just perfect for ladies with a small but perfectly formed figure.

Create the illusion of a little extra height with a halter neck dress -Goddiva’s pretty cerise halter neck is a striking choice.

Goddiva sequin halter neck maxi dress in cerise, £69

A fringed mini dress can add some length to your frame and a reflective silver shade like this one is a flattering choice.

Goddiva fringe hem embellished mini dress in silver, £99

A thigh high split puts more flesh on show stretching the eye further down the figure and this unusual winter blue fabric is guaranteed to turn heads.

Goddiva off the shoulder maxi with split in winter blue, £65

If you want a modern edge to your look this nude dress with one chiffon sleeve gives an inspired reinvention on a classic style.

Goddiva Asymmetric chiffon sleeve one shoulder maxi dress in nude, £49

Those with a petite frame are lucky enough to be able to carry off a bandeau style and this white dress with sequinned bodice detail is a classic choice for a special event.

Goddiva sequin bandeau maxi dress, £69


Evening wear is about glitz and glamour and that’s exactly the vibe you should convey, whatever your size. There's no reason to hide your curves in plus size outfits like these from Goddiva Plus, designed to celebrate every inch of your beauty and flaunt the fuller figure.

Give out Jessica rabbit vibes in this eye catching red dress with front split detailing and a flattering off the shoulder style.

Goddiva plus of the shoulder maxi with spilt in red, £65

A classic little black dress is a wardrobe staple all ladies ought to invest in, and this long sleeved black dress has a unique twist with a pretty diamond and sequin panel.

Goddiva plus diamond and sequin contrast maxi, £78

As winter draws closer a thick piled velvet is a glamorous yet warm fabric choice and the deep wine shade makes this maxi dress a real winner.

Goddiva plus velvet stripe maxi in wine, £69


It can sometimes be difficult to dress a larger bust successfully, but with the careful tailoring and detailed designs available at Goddiva, you have lots of stunning options. This high low dress is cut with a scoop neckline and contrasting circular hem, while the pretty navy lace makes it a clever evening wear choice.

Goddiva scalloped edge high low dress in navy, £69

A structured maxi dress like this one in emerald, has a one shoulder design which provides movement and the frill disguises the bust area with its pretty fabric ripples.

Goddiva one shoulder frill maxi dress in emerald, £49

While a halter neck might not be your first choice, the delicate off-shoulder fringe detailing on this sequin number diverts the eye and brings movement

Goddiva fringe collar sequin maxi dress in champagne, £60

What shoes to wear with an evening dress?

An evening dress and heels is always a winning combination so grab those skyscraper stilettos or a pair of strappy sandals to add glamour and elegance to your look. Taller ladies often prefer a kitten heel and it’s a must for comfort if you expect to be on your feet most of the evening. Colour-wise, a nude or neutral shade is often the best bet, it’s easy to coordinate and it gives any outfit a look of effortless chic.

How to accessorise an evening dress?

If you receive an invitation specifying evening wear you have a great opportunity to wear your best jewellery and accessories in order to make your outfit look effortlessly stylish. A pretty necklace sitting on the collar bone or a pair of chandelier earrings will make you stand out amongst the other guests and a little clutch bag coordinating to your shoe colour will finish off your outfit.

What to wear over an evening dress to keep warm ?

Evenings can often have a nip in the air as you make your way from the venue to your ride home. If worn with a simple silhouette, a faux feather cape is a great choice to keep out the evening chill in sophisticated style, while a classic pashmina is another warmer option which you can complement with even the most spectacular dress for a coordinated chic evening look.

Never be at a loss for a stunning evening outfit again. With the fabulous range of Goddiva evening wear at your fingertips you will soon be the belle of the ball ready to party the night away.

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